Visit Lincoln Cottage


Everyone knows about the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol and all of the other thought-provoking and commemorative sights that DC has to offer.

But if you’re looking for an out-of-the-way, little-known piece of history right here in our midst, visit Lincoln Cottage.

During the summer months of his presidency, Mr. Lincoln and his family escaped the hustle-bustle of downtown DC and the very public scrutiny of the White House, choosing to relax and greet visitors in the cooler, less intrusive environment at Lincoln Cottage in the northwest corner of the district.

Each summer day, President Lincoln traveled via horseback from the cottage to the White House, stopping along the way to greet soldiers, neighbors, and merchants. On some occasions he even eluded his military escorts!


Enjoy a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s home and the Robert H. Smith Education Center. Experience another side of one of our most beloved presidents, and learn a bit about the environment in our nation’s capital during the Civil War era.

Tickets & Admission

President Lincoln’s Cottage staff strongly recommends purchasing tickets in advance of your visit. Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage, and advance ticket purchase is the only way to guarantee your spot on a tour.*

  • Adult: $15
  • Children (6-12): $5
  • Military (Active Duty and Veterans). Must present valid ID: $12
  • President Lincoln’s Cottage Members (2 member-priced tickets per valid ID): $7.50
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation Members (2 member-priced tickets per valid ID): $12

Monday – Saturday
Visitor Center: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cottage Tours: First tour at 10 AM Last tour at 3 PM

Visitor Center: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cottage Tours: First tour at 11 AM Last tour at 3 PM

Holiday Hours:
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Open Christmas Eve between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Last tour begins at 12:00 pm.

Location & Directions

Lincoln-Soldiers-Home-APresident Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Northwest Washington, D.C. Check-in for tours is in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, the first building on the left after you enter Eagle Gate.

Visitors to President Lincoln’s Cottage are required to enter the campus through Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW. The street address is approximately 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, Washington D.C. 20011.

NOTE: The 3700 North Capitol Street address is for mailing purposes only and is not an entrance.

*Online purchase is recommended. You may also buy your tickets by phone Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm and Saturday, 10am-5pm by calling 1-800-514-ETIX. For Sunday same-day ticket purchase by phone, please contact site staff at 202-829-0436. Etix charges a service and postage fee for tickets mailed by regular post.

Post by: Susan T.

Weekend Happenings August 26-28

This weekend is packed with festivals, fairs and free events for all!


Washington, DC Events:

DC State Fair
NoMa Junction at Storey Park
1005 First St. NE, DC
Time: Sunday, 11am-8pm
Cost: FREE

Now in its seventh year, the DC State Fair showcases the region’s agricultural and artistic talent.  There will be food, music, entertainment and much more!

Capital Dragon Boat Regatta
The Wharf DC
600 Water St. SW, DC
Time: Saturday, 8am-4:30pm
Cost: FREE

Dragon Boating, a style of racing that originated in China over 2,000 years ago, will be showcased in the form of a Regatta this weekend.  Teams will compete in different races throughout the day at this free event.

ImportExpo Car Show
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW, DC
Time: Sunday, 12-6pm
Cost: $25

This specialty car show returns to DC with 300 of the best imported cars from around the country.

Maryland Events:

Hagerstown City Center Central Parking Lot
23 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown
Time: Saturday, 8am-6pm; Sunday, 10:30am-4pm
Cost: $5 for adults; children 12 and under are FREE

If you can’t make it to Germany, Hagerstown has the next best thing! Participate in a fit walk, enjoy German food, music, dancing and a German car show! Please visit the website for the complete schedule.

Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival
National Harbor
300 Waterfront St., National Harbor
Time: Saturday, 11am-3pm & 5-9pm
Cost: $59, enjoy %10 off with discount code ‘CHARMCITY’

Enjoy this last weekend of August with two of Maryland’s favorite things: crabs and beer! All you can taste crabs, beers, wines and spirits will be available. Receive a complimentary beer mug for your drinks all day. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours soon!

Calvert County Jousting Tournament
Christ Church
3100 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic
Time: Saturday, 9am-6pm
Cost: FREE, donations are accepted

Step back in time as you enjoy the 150th Calvert County Jousting Tournament! This event is fun for the whole family and includes a jousting tournament, church bazaar, children’s corner, colonial concerts and country supper. Monetary donations and tangible items including jars, books, clothes, baked goods, etc., will be accepted.

Virginia Events:

American Craft Beer Tasting Festival
Tysons Biergarten
8346 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner
Time: Saturday & Sunday, 1-6pm
Cost: $20-30

Pick from over 50 local craft brews to taste, meet and greet with local brewmasters and enjoy live music on one of Northern VA’s largest patios.

Wags N’ Whiskers
The Village at Shirlington
2700 S Quincy St., Arlington
Time: Saturday, 10am-4pm
Cost: FREE, pet photos for $5

Bring your furry friends out to this event featuring local exhibitors, professional pet photos, live music, children’s activities, onsite adoptions and specials at participating shops and restaurants.

Arlington County Police Department Summer Block Party
Kenmore Middle School
200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington

Time: Saturday, 9am-4pm
Cost: FREE

This community event is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and local law enforcement with interactive exhibits (including a Distracted Driving Course, Bicycle Registration, Child Safety Seat inspections and more), free food and drinks, and live entertainment.

Concerts, Theatre, & Sporting Events at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Kim Waters, Birchmere, Saturday
  • The Oak Ridge Boys, Birchmere, Sunday
  • Keith Urban: ripCORD World Tour, Jiffy Lube Live, Saturday
  • Crack The Sky, Pier 6, Saturday
  • Bonnie Raitt/Richard Thompson Trio, Wolf Trap, Saturday
  • Washington Nationals VS Colorado Rockies, Nationals Park, Friday thru Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

mechanicMechanic: Resurrection
 1 Hour, 39 Minutes
Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller

Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations and, do what he does best, make them look like accidents.

Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo

dont breatheDon’t Breathe
Duration: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist, a group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man. They’re wrong.

Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici

blood fatherBlood Father
Duration: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Genre:  Action/Thriller

An ex-con reunites with his estranged, wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, William H. Macy

Creative Workplace Fitness – Bring the Outdoors In

There’s no doubt that healthy employees are more happy, productive, and engaged in the office. On the business side, it leads to better profits, lower healthcare costs, and overall a positive culture.

However, in the dog days of summer when vacations are over, heat and humidity are high, and everyone is gearing up for a busy season, it’s easy to let healthy habits fall by the wayside. Why not mix it up with an offbeat fitness class with your coworkers or friends, especially if they can be indoors?

Encourage employees to participate by offering special incentives, subsidizing the cost, or tying it in with existing workplace challenges. Check out our picks for local spots to mix things up.

Trampoline Park:
Feel like a kid again as you bounce around on giant trampolines, play games, or get a great workout.

Trapeze School:
Have you always wanted to join the circus? Take a trapeze class! The Trapeze School also offers silks, juggling, lyra and more for all skill levels.

Indoor Rock Climbing:
Rock Climbing is great for building strength, reducing stress, and building trust.

Aerial Yoga:
Channel your inner Cirque du Soleil and take your yoga workout to the next level – literally!

What other indoor fitness classes are you trying?

Post by: Brenda B.

Weekend Happenings August 19-21

With only a few weekends of summer left and temperatures dropping a bit from the typical blazing heat, take full advantage at one of the DMV’s exciting events!


Washington, DC Events:

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
The National Gallery of Art
6th and Constitution Ave. NW, DC
Time: Saturday, 2pm
Cost: $19.50; children ages 10-17, $17.50

Rediscover the National Gallery of Art during this special scavenger hunt as you search for works of art that echo characters, places and enchanted objects similar to those in the Harry Potter series.

The Yoga Expo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, DC
Time: Saturday, 10am-6pm
Cost: $35

The Yoga Expo will be in town this weekend to help the community make healthy lifestyle choices for the mind and body. Partake in unlimited yoga and meditation programs—don’t forget to bring your mat!

Half Street Fairgrounds
1201 Half St. NE, DC
Time: Friday, 11am-11pm
Cost: FREE admission

Truckaroo is a monthly festival held in the spring to summer where you can taste all of the great food trucks in the area!  Sample from the best trucks and enjoy live music and games as summer winds down!

Maryland Events:

Havre De Grace Art Show
Tydings Park
Havre de Grace
Time: Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday& Sunday, 10am-5pm
Cost: FREE admission

View the talents from artists and craftsmen throughout the country. Enjoy live entertainment, specialty food and children’s entertainment. Friday night’s event will also feature a wine tasting and beer garden as you enjoy the beautiful sunset!

The U.S. Army Field Band 70th Anniversary Concert
Constitution Park
English Ave., Ft. Meade
Time: Saturday, 7pm
Cost: FREE

Bring a comfortable folding chair and blanket, as you sit back and relax during this amazing concert celebrating America’s Army with the U.S. Army Field Band. The concert includes the 1812 Overture accompanied by the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, paying tribute to those who honor our country.

80’s vs 90s Moonlight Cruise
Baltimore Inner Harbor
561 Light St., Baltimore”
Time: Saturday, 11pm-3am
Cost: $80

Whether you are an 80s or 90s baby or you just love the music, this cruise is for you! Get dressed up and enjoy the sounds of old school R&B, Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Pop, House Club, Go-Go and more from your favorite decades.

Virginia Events:

Mount Vernon Inn & Port City Brewing Company’s Garden Fresh Vegetarian Dinner
Mount Vernon Inn
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon
Time: Friday, 6-10pm
Cost: $75

The Mount Vernon Inn has teamed up with Port City Brewing Company to present a delicious 4-course vegetarian meal paired with local craft beers.

Pubs & Puzzles!
Old Town Alexandria
Time: Saturday, 2-6pm
Cost: $25

Put together a team of up to six friends and race through the streets of Old Town Alexandria from pub to pub to solve clues and puzzles at each stop. Solve the clue posted on Friday on the event Facebook page to find out the starting location!

Netherlands Carillon Concert
Netherlands Carillon
1400 N Meade St. Alexandria

Time: Saturday, 6-8pm
Cost: FREE

Enjoy the patriotic sounds and beautiful views of DC while local guest artist, Jesse Ratcliffe, plays popular tunes on the Carillon’s 50 bells. There are only a few benches on the carillon grounds, so be sure to bring a blanket or folding chairs.

Concerts, Theatre, & Sporting Events at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Paul Thorn Band, Birchmere, Friday
  • Old 97’s, Rams Head Live, Friday
  • Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally Summer of 69: No Apostrophe, Hippodrome Theatre, Friday
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Wolf Trap, Friday
  • Drake: Summer Sixteen Tour, Verizon Center, Friday & Saturday
  • Ira Glass, Wolf Trap, Saturday
  • Bob Saget, The Warner Theatre, Saturday
  • Train, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Saturday
  • Ted Nugent, Rams Head Live, Saturday
  • Comcast Film Fest, Strathmore, Saturday thru Monday
  • Slightly Stoopid, Pier 6, Sunday
  • Black Sabbath: The End, Jiffy Lube Live, Sunday
  • Kristin Chenoweth, Wolf Trap, Sunday
  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros, Camden Yards, Thursday thru Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

kuboKubo and the Two Strings
 101 Minutes
Genre: Adventure/Family/Animation

Young Kubo’s peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

 141 Minutes
Genre: Adventure/Drama

A prince endures years of slavery to take vengeance on his adopted brother, a Roman officer who falsely accused him of treason.

Starring: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Rodrigo Santoro, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi

war dogsWar Dogs
Duration: 114 Minutes
Genre: Comedy/Drama/War

Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller

How to Staycation near NoVA


Take some time to explore your own backyard while soaking up the last few weeks of summer vacation.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Fair Game
Virginia summers are filled with family fun at county fairs! Enjoy parades, rides, live music, local food vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment and much more at any of these local fairs:

2. Day Tripper
Northern Virginia is a prime location for taking a day trip to some exciting surrounding cities! Head up north into Maryland and enjoy the sights and sounds of Baltimore, Annapolis and Frederick. With a short trip south you can hit Williamsburg, Richmond and Charlottesville. Or head to the coast for a taste of Ocean City, St. Michaels, Chincoteague Island and Sandy Point.

3. Be Amused
Enjoy fun in the sun with your family and friends! Take advantage of the fact that Virginia is home to tons of great amusement and water parks; such as Kings Dominion, Soak City, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Splashdown Waterpark! Other nearby parks include Hershey Park, Six Flags, Dutch Wonderland, Sesame Place, Great Wolf Lodge and more. Ask your concierge for a listing of special discounts for participating locations!!

4. Dance the Night Away
Summer concerts are a must! Enjoy your favorite bands at one of Virginia’s live music venues; such as Wolf Trap, Jiffy Lube Live, The Birchmere, EagleBank Arena and the State Theatre. Also not far is DC’s Verizon Center, Kennedy Center,  Warner Theatre, 9:30 Club, Echostage, and The Howard Theatre.

Check out Calendar of Events for some of the most popular shows in the area. Also, don’t forget to ask your concierge for a Ticket Order Form with a full list of our premium reserved seating tickets!

5. Wine & Dine
Did you know Wine Country is right around the corner? Just head west to Loudoun County to sip on some of Virginia’s best wines and spirits. Most vineyards offer free tours and tastings for a small fee, plus the views are unbeatable! There are dozens of wineries to choose from; meaning there is a little something for every palette. Stop in a local restaurant for dinner on your way home; we suggest trying Blue Ridge Grill, Magnolia’s, Tucarora MillMarket Table Bistro or Red Fox Tavern if you haven’t yet!

Post by: Ashley M.

Weekend Happenings August 12-14

Set time aside this weekend for some family fun before schools start up in the next few weeks!


Washington, DC Events:

National Building Museum
401 F. St. NW, DC
Time: Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm thru September 5th
Cost: $16

Explore a glacial sea designed by landscape architects! The ICEBERGS installation is built from re-useable construction materials.

Smithsonian Sleepovers at American History
Smithsonian Museum of American History
14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, DC
Time: Friday-Saturday, 7pm-9am (registration from 7-7:30pm)
Cost: $135; this is a children’s only event, ages 8-12

Spend the night at the museum with the family where you can enjoy midnight tours, games, crafts and more.  Each ticket includes a child ages 8-12 and their guardian.

Rock the City: Music at the Monument
Carter Barron Amphitheatre
4850 Colorado Ave. NW, DC.
Time: Saturday, 7-10pm
Cost: $25

Join Music at the Monument for a benefit concert featuring local talent! The lineup will include Dave Bass, Terrence Richburg, Javier Starks and The Groove Spot Band.  Ticket proceeds will support the Carter Barron Amphitheatre and Rock Creek Park trails.

Maryland Events:

MD State BBQ Bash
Bond and Thomas St.
2 S Bond St., Bel Air
Time: Friday, 4-10pm; Saturday, 12-10pm
Cost: FREE admission

Check out the festival voted Harford County’s “Best Event” for four years running! This street festival includes the Maryland State BBQ Championship, the MD State BBQ Bash Tailgate Challenge and musical artists; including Clare Dunn, Peterbuilt, The Reagan Years and many more!

Annual Vineyard and Winery Walk
Crow Vineyard
12441 Vansant Corner Rd., Kenneyville
Time: Saturday, 6-9pm
Cost: $30 general admission, $25 for wine club members

Enjoy a beautiful evening exploring Crow Vineyard! A guide will take you on a behind the scenes tour of the vineyard and winery. Plus, enjoy horse drawn antique carriage rides throughout the property while sipping award winning wines. One glass of wine is included with your ticket; a portion of the proceeds will go to The Bridges of Worthmore.

SpartaCon- Rebels Convention
Blue Crabs Stadium
11765 St. Linus Dr., Waldorf
Time: Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
Cost: varies

See your favorite characters from the hit TV show Spartacus! Attend meet and greets, interact with other fans and watch live action gladiator battles!

Virginia Events:

The Plaza at Tyson’s Corner Mall
1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean
Time: Friday, 3-10pm; Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday, 11am-8pm
Cost: FREE admission

The largest Vietnamese festival on the East Coast features traditional music and dancing, martial arts competitions, pageants, demonstrations, exhibits, cultural food and children’s activities.

Workhouse Arts Center Brewfest
Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Ox Rd., Lorton
Time: Saturday, 10am-6pm
Cost: $15-75

This inaugural event will feature local brews from around the region, local bands, food trucks and local art. Attendees can also play lawn games, enjoy the HopStar lounge and invest in limited edition growlers!

Alexandria Sidewalk Sale
Old Town & Del Ray Alexandria
Time: Saturday & Sunday, 9am
Cost: FREE

Over 50 local boutiques will line the sidewalks of Old Town and Del Ray offering deeply discounted items (up to 80% off!) including home décor, accessories, clothing, gifts and more! Visit the website for full list of participants.

Concerts, Theatre, & Sporting Events at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Birchmere, Friday
  • Darius Rucker: The Good for a Good Time Tour, Jiffy Lube Live, Friday
  • Shawn Mendes, Pier 6, Friday
  • Lyle Lovett & His Large Band/Emmylou Harris, Wolf Trap, Friday
  • 1964: The Tribute, Birchmere, Saturday
  • Kool & The Gang’s Keepin’ the Funk Alive Tour, Jiffy Lube Live, Saturday
  • A.R., Merriweather Post Pavilion, Saturday
  • Old School Hip Hop Festival, Pier 6, Saturday
  • 8th Annual Uke & Guitar Summit, Strathmore, Saturday
  • Bush & Chevelle, Pier 6, Sunday
  • Janet Jackson: Unbreakable World Tour, Royal Farms Arena, Sunday
  • The MY2K Tour: 98 Degrees, O-Town, Dream, Ryan Cabrera, Wolf Trap, Saturday
  • Classic Albums Live Presents David Bowie, Wolf Trap, Sunday
  • Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves, Camden Yards, Friday thru Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

petes dragonPete’s Dragon
 102 Minutes
Genre: Adventure/Family/Fantasy

Mr. Meacham, a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete, a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie, Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true.

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence

florenceFlorence Foster Jenkins
Duration: 110 Minutes
Genre: Biography/Comedy

In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition far exceeds her talent. The voice Florence hears in her head is beautiful, but to everyone else it is quite lousy. Her husband St. Clair goes to extreme lengths to make sure his wife never finds out how awful she truly is. When Florence announces her plans for a concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair soon realizes that he’s facing his greatest challenge yet.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson

sausage partySausage Party
 89 Minutes
Genre: Animation/Adventure/Comedy

Life is good for all the food items that occupy the shelves at the local supermarket. Frank the sausage, Brenda the hot dog bun, Teresa Taco and Sammy Bagel Jr. can’t wait to go home with a happy customer. Soon, their world comes crashing down as poor Frank learns the horrifying truth that he will eventually become a meal. After warning his pals about their similar fate, the panicked perishables devise a plan to escape from their human enemies.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Alistair Abell

Road Trip to Rehoboth!


Want a short getaway without the airport hassle? Just a 2.5 hour drive from Baltimore City is the charmingly quaint beach town of Rehoboth, DE. A perfect weekend getaway for couples, families, and anyone in between!


Hit the beach for a day of sandy fun! The public beach is located off Rehoboth Ave. just past the famous mile long board walk. Take a dip in the ocean, build some sand castles, and get some lunch at one of the many restaurants within walking distance. If you prefer a bit more privacy, the state park beach is just a short drive away. Here you can bring your car, dog, and fishing rod to the beach!


Don’t forget put your name on the waiting list at the incredibly popular Grotto Pizza restaurant! There are several locations, but the boardwalk location on Rehoboth Ave is arguably the best! While waiting for your table be sure to grab some Thrashers French fries (with vinegar!) next door and sit on the boardwalk benches for some lively people watching while you wait for your table.


Rehoboth Avenue has no shortage of cute shops. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it! Forgot your sunscreen and shovel? No problem, pop into one of the many old timey convenience stores and pick some up! Stop in one of sweet book shops to snag a beach read or a branch of the popular Maryland boutique South Moon Under for a trendy outfit.


Fun Land is a must if you have children with you, or if you are a kid at heart. Spend hours playing arcade games, going on rides, or scaring yourself in the haunted house! You won’t be disappointed with all of the activities at Fun Land. Prefer something a little more active? Take a bike ride through the picturesque tree-lined streets of the Henlopen neighborhood, or through the paved 3 mile bike trail at the Cape Henlopen state park for beautiful scenic views.


Need a night out? Lively Dewey Beach is just 10 minutes away, and has lots of Night Life to offer. See a live concert at the Rock and Roll Bar, Bottle and Cork. Dance the night away at one of the many bars on the bay! Rusty Rudder, Starboard, and The Lighthouse are all great spots!

Post by: Anna B.